Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

27-4012 Broadcast Technicians

Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate transmitter to broadcast radio or television programs.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
31,640 2.9 % $21.18 $44,050 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.96 $11.47 $18.21 $27.69 $37.49
Annual Wage (2) $18,640 $23,860 $37,880 $57,600 $77,980


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 23,490 10.95 $20.57 $42,790
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,820 2.46 $22.05 $45,870
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,520 0.05 $21.34 $44,390
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,420 0.40 $25.99 $54,070
State Government (OES Designation) 540 0.02 $17.94 $37,320

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 23,490 10.95 $20.57 $42,790
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,820 2.46 $22.05 $45,870
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,420 0.40 $25.99 $54,070
Sound Recording Industries 50 0.30 $27.82 $57,870
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 180 0.18 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 90 (7) $42.19 $87,750
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 40 (7) $32.86 $68,360
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 30 0.01 $31.41 $65,340
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 140 0.03 $28.54 $59,360
Sound Recording Industries 50 0.30 $27.82 $57,870


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,060 0.42 1.75 $23.45 $48,780
New York 4,350 0.51 2.09 $24.51 $50,990
Texas 1,890 0.18 0.73 $16.89 $35,130
Florida 1,690 0.23 0.96 $16.39 $34,100
Virginia 1,170 0.32 1.34 $37.11 $77,180




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 510 0.78 3.23 $29.32 $60,990
New York 4,350 0.51 2.09 $24.51 $50,990
California 6,060 0.42 1.75 $23.45 $48,780
South Dakota 160 0.39 1.61 $14.14 $29,400
Wyoming 100 0.36 1.50 $15.99 $33,270




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 1,170 0.32 1.34 $37.11 $77,180
District of Columbia 510 0.78 3.23 $29.32 $60,990
New Hampshire 100 0.16 0.66 $27.17 $56,510
Maryland 430 0.17 0.71 $26.59 $55,310
Massachusetts 680 0.21 0.88 $25.83 $53,720





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,160 1.07 4.42 $23.78 $49,460
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,360 0.65 2.68 $26.03 $54,150
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 820 0.23 0.93 $23.69 $49,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 750 0.32 1.32 $29.42 $61,190
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 610 0.35 1.46 $26.46 $55,030
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 580 0.81 3.33 (8) (8)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 580 0.47 1.94 $24.38 $50,710
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 510 0.51 2.09 $16.55 $34,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 460 0.20 0.84 $19.10 $39,720
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 390 0.39 1.62 $22.68 $47,180




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,160 1.07 4.42 $23.78 $49,460
Casper, WY 40 0.95 3.91 (8) (8)
Sioux Falls, SD 120 0.87 3.56 $13.83 $28,770
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 580 0.81 3.33 (8) (8)
Jefferson City, MO 60 0.79 3.24 $14.91 $31,010
Medford, OR 50 0.73 2.99 $11.50 $23,920
Roanoke, VA 100 0.66 2.74 $21.80 $45,340
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,360 0.65 2.68 $26.03 $54,150
Yuma, AZ 30 0.62 2.57 $10.66 $22,170
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 340 0.61 2.51 $21.30 $44,310




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 60 0.44 1.80 $33.81 $70,320
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 220 0.24 1.00 $31.89 $66,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 750 0.32 1.32 $29.42 $61,190
Bowling Green, KY (8) (8) (8) $28.62 $59,540
Baltimore-Towson, MD 290 0.23 0.95 $28.06 $58,370
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 610 0.35 1.46 $26.46 $55,030
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,360 0.65 2.68 $26.03 $54,150
Salinas, CA 50 0.33 1.36 $25.68 $53,420
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 250 0.30 1.24 $24.92 $51,830
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 580 0.47 1.94 $24.38 $50,710

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.17 0.68 $12.27 $25,510
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.69 2.84 $14.38 $29,910
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.02 $14.16 $29,450
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 1.16 $14.09 $29,310
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.65 $14.59 $30,350

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.69 2.84 $14.38 $29,910
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 2.26 $21.83 $45,410
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.35 1.43 $12.37 $25,730
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 1.37 $16.53 $34,380
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 1.22 $13.85 $28,810

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 2.26 $21.83 $45,410
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.97 $21.19 $44,080
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.72 $17.75 $36,920
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.74 $16.86 $35,080
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 1.37 $16.53 $34,380


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013